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Did you know that Bruxism, the term used to describe the gnashing of teeth, is derived from the Greek word brygmós? Bruxism is characterized by the grinding of the teeth (sliding your teeth back and forth over each other) and typically includes a gnashing action and the clenching of the jaw (tightly holding your top and bottom teeth together).
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is referred to as an oral parafunctional activity which basically means that you're asking your jawbone and teeth to do things that they weren't necessarily constructed to do, either as a result of stress or TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). In short, your teeth were intended to assist in the eating and digestive function. They weren't intended to act as outlets or vehicles for stress relief. You shouldn't worry, though. Teeth grinding affects most people at some point in their lives but, for most, it is mild enough to not pose health risks. For others - for instance those that experience teeth grinding in their sleep or during their naps - Bruxism can, indeed, cause serious dental issues. As a side note, Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders.
Dr. Shirin knows what to do to fix your teeth grinding issue. She offers Bruxism therapy with comfortable oral appliances. At A Brilliant Smile Dentist in Thousand Oaks, she can custom-make a mouth guard to protect your teeth from nighttime or daytime grinding.